Timeline for this series is supposed to be 1884. Mountain Meadows massacre was in 1857. 27 years between. Jeff Daniels was 62 when this was produced, which would make his character 35 years old when the terrible incident occurred, even though the flashbacks show him to be a child of 10 or younger. See more
[reading from newspaper
Since Mr. James Sloan took over Quicksilver Mining, a beneficial change has taken place in the mines. Industry, order, and respect for the constituted authorities prevail. Every man knows his place and performs his duty. Mr. Sloan is said to be fair, honest and good-humored. This reporter can also attest that he is a tall man, rather handsome, with a beautiful baritone. And if all that isn't enough, he writes the most beautiful poetry. Sonnets.
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